18 Days 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Hawaii

  • Kirpal Meditation and Ecological Center, 13-260 Pohoiki Road, Pāhoa, Hawaii, 96778, USA

Hawaii Yoga Teacher Training

This retreat offers you the lived experience of the teachings. In addition to practice and study, you will participate in meditation, ceremony, council, and explore what these practices and teachings mean for yourself as an individual and for the community as a whole. Whether you are interested in teaching your loved ones, earning an income as a yoga instructor, or solely want to deepen your practice, you are welcome to join this journey.


  • Daily yoga sessions
  • Meditation, chanting, and arati
  • Daily posture clinic and discussion classes
  • Anatomy, methodology, and philosophy classes
  • Practice walking and restorative meditation
  • Practice teaching exercises daily
  • Vegetarian and organic meals
  • 17 nights accommodation
  • 18 days with instruction
  • English
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Kirpal Ecological and Meditation Center, an 11-acre organic orchard, has been blessed with a pure intention to serve all, including 30 different types of trees that provide fresh produce and herbs. The retreat center has a Balinese meditation pavilion and a 1000-square-foot yoga studio with views of the ocean over the trees.

The cabins on the property have all been built by hand and designed to be in harmony with the trees and nature surrounding them. Accommodations are lovely cabins, with options for both individual and shared, all full of charm.

This yoga teacher training in Hawaii progresses over 18 days by a map of the chakras, starting at the root and ending with the crown. During the root segment, you will ground your intentions for teaching and practice, as well as learn the vast history of yoga from the Vedas through the Upanishads, Buddhism, yoga sutras, Bhakti traditions, Tantric lineages, and contemporary yoga schools.

In the sacral chakra, you will uncover the countless layers of the subtle body, learn the principles of Ayurveda, gain an overview of classical Tantra, and practice yoga Nidra. As you progress through the navel chakra, you will explore yoga's connection with power, fire, and introduce Lakshmi practice and the business of yoga.

In the heart, you will encounter the path of Bhakti, known as devotional yoga, as well as ceremony, prayer, and healing. Moving upwards into the throat chakra, you will learn about Kashmir Shaivism and the Sanskrit language, pronunciation, principles of chanting, and a wealth of mantra and deity practices.

Progressing to the third eye, the training becomes increasingly more subtle, as you encounter an array of yogic meditations, explore yogic Buddhism, and turn inward in silence. Culminating in the crown, you will receive kundalini awakening practices, learn Shakti mantra, yogic ritual, and receive an initiation into the practice.

Each of the 18 days will also include a thorough overview of the anatomy and physiology of yoga asanas, or postures, a comprehensive outlook on teaching methodology, an intensive dissection of every major and minor pose, workshops on adjustments and alignment, and plenty of time for practice teaching. There will be time for exploring, as well as time to relax on your own in nature.

For those looking to teach, this yoga teacher training in Hawaii will provide a vast, comprehensive tool-kit for teaching physical postures, breathing techniques, alignment, adjustments, as well as pranayama, mantra, meditation, and more. The principles instructed can be applied to any style of yoga you feel compelled to offer. This retreat is fully-accredited by the Yoga Alliance. For students looking to deepen their understanding, this will be a dynamic expansion of both knowledge and practice. A sincere exploration of what it means to truly practice yoga.

What style is Shivakali Yoga?

Shivakali Yoga teaches an alignment-based Vinyasa flow practice, culminating in restorative postures, meditation, and pranayama. Their practice serves first to awaken the body and break-up stuck energy, to then soften the mind and nurture the inner being. Uniting the masculine and feminine aspects of practice, you will find freedom in movement, draw awareness from the mind to the heart, and allow insight to arise naturally.

Sample Schedule

  • 06:30 Morning yoga sadhana with yoga, meditation, chanting, and arati
  • 08:45 Breakfast break and seva
  • 10:15 First class: anatomy, methodology, and philosophy
  • 12:00 Posture clinic
  • 13:45 Lunch break
  • 16:30 Second class, discussion based: anatomy, methodology, and philosophy
  • 17:45 Practice teaching exercises
  • 19:00 Dinner break
  • 20:30 Evening program: yoga Nidra, meditation, song circle, and more

Sample Schedule for break-day on the second Sunday

  • 09:00 Walking meditation
  • 10:00 Two-hour heart circle
  • 18:00 Restorative meditation and pranayama
  • 19:00 Dinner and spiritual movie
  • Serge Berliawsky

    Serge has been practicing the yogic arts of India and Tibet since his youth and teaching yoga for over 15 years. His approach evolves out of a deep transmission from younger years living in Kula, a yogic community, engaging in lengthy daily practice before dawn, and undergoing rigorous study with his teachers. In classes, he blends his knowledge of traditional yogic practice and philosophy with thousands of hours of training in Ashtanga, Yin, Rudra, Vinyasa, and Kundalini yoga.

  • Gloria Baraquio

    Gloria discovered yoga in 2003 and realized that the breath, body awareness, and mindfulness could relieve so much of human suffering, disease, and disorder. After years of dedicated self-study and independent practice, she completed her formal yoga teacher training at Yoga Hawaii with master teachers Rupali Embry and Tania Jo Ingrahm. Gloria began teaching Vinyasa yoga in 2006 at schools, colleges, gyms, and studios. Since then, she has taught thousands of classes in Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Aerial, and kids yoga, as well as meditation to various populations all over the country.

This yoga teacher training will take place Pahoa, Hawaii, USA. You will find the retreat center right next to the ocean, with the purest air you can imagine, in a lush, tropical, meditation paradise.

  • Hiking nearby
  • Hiking trail nearby
  • Massage nearby
  • Shopping nearby
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Spa nearby
  • Surfing nearby
  • Stargazing
  • Swimming nearby
  • Zip lining nearby
  • Balcony
  • Beach nearby
  • Dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Yoga studio
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry nearby

During this retreat, breakfast, lunch, and dinner will consist of delicious 100% organic vegetarian meals with vegan options, fresh juices, unique desserts, and healthy snacks and teas.

  • Enjoy the Balinese meditation pavilion
  • Gaze at the stars
  • Go hiking
  • Go swimming
  • Practice in the 1000-square-foot yoga studio
  • Take a 15-minute walk to the beach
  • Visit the natural thermal pools under the jungle canopy

On your free time, you can enjoy a massage or a healing session at an additional cost. All treatments are offered by skilled practitioners.

  • 3 daily organic and vegetarian meals
  • 17 nights accommodation
  • 200-hour teacher training certificate
  • All yoga sessions
  • Anatomy, methodology, and philosophy classes
  • Daily chanting and arati
  • Daily meditation
  • Daily posture clinic
  • Daily teaching exercises
  • Walking and restorative meditation
  • Additional activities
  • Airfare
  • Massages and healing treatments
  • Personal expenses
  • Transfers to and from the airport

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Hilo International Airport (ITO).

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 45 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 35 days before arrival.

Verified BookYogaRetreats.com reviews

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    Review by Nicole Wyss from New Zealand

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  • Review by Momoko from Japan
    10 out of 10

    "I don't know where to start...but this retreat certainly changed my life and transformed me beyond expectation! (and believe me, I'm usually rather skeptical about comments like this...;D). It was way more than just a yoga teacher training, which was indeed very thorough, effective, informative and practical. I experienced a super kind and loving community created by the great teachers, staff and all the students. There was a unity and peace I've never experienced in my life (and imagine it's created by about 30 total strangers you'd never met before!) Through learning, sharing and living together, I deepened understanding about myself and others...and I was healed from deep within. I'm truly grateful for Serge and Gloria for leading such an amazing retreat and everybody joined this amazing journey with me...I couldn't recommend Shivakali experience more! Take this step and you won't regret!"


    "Shivakali Yoga response"

    "Thank you Momoko. You're a shining star."

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  • Review by Sara

    "My 200 hour YTT in Hawaii with Shivakali Yoga was an absolutely incredible experience. I am so glad that your website lead me to them. The KMEC location was rustic, off-grid and one of a kind. I would go back there on my own as a vacation destination. "

    "As for the yoga; I'm not sure I have to words to describe what a beautiful gift and journey it was. Serge and Gloria from Shivakali are two of the most kind hearted, authentic and giving people I have ever had the pleasure to meet. Their knowledge is extensive and includes so much more than asana practice. My own understanding of the history and philosophy of Yoga grew exponentially under their instruction. The curriculum included many aspects of yoga beyond the poses on the mat. In addition to growing more confident in myself as a practioner of yoga, I grew more confident in my ability to go out and teach yoga. The caring, safe and happy atmosphere promoted much joy and self reflection."

    "Additionally, the food was out of this world! Three meals a day, everyday were just incredible. "

    "I would say that Shivakali offers so much more than Yoga teacher training instruction; they offer how to be a better, happier human instruction. I would recommend them to anyone. Mahalo,"

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  • Review by Britt M. from California

    "I would rate the whole experience a 10. The location and accommodations were perfect. The structure of the days were very well set up. I never felt overwhelmed with the structure or classes. I was always excited to go to class. The amount of knowledge and everything I learned was more than I could have asked for or imagined. The teachers were phenomenal. The plant based meals were icing on the cake. It was life changing."

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  • Review by a traveler

    "I would recommend this program, it was one of the best experiences of my life."

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  • Review by a traveler

    "I would recommend this program to literally every person I know. Why? Because this is so much more than a yoga teacher training; it is soul training."

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  • Review by a traveler

    "Yes, I would recommend this program. Serge and Gloria are so unique. The training is intense but comprehensive. It is an experience, as well as a training. There is more love here than some people have ever had in their lives."

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  • Review by a traveler

    "I would absolutely recommend this program. When is the next one? You should aim for two a year. The third one being international."

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  • Review by a traveler

    "I would recommend this program. There is so much to love, learn, and enjoy. The teachings are very balanced and give many perspectives. A special getaway while learning so many useful life tools. Thank you, Shivakali!"

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  • Review by a traveler

    "I would absolutely recommend this program. Because it was more than just yoga practice. Shivakali went up and beyond the level of education."

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  • Review by a traveler

    "Serge and Gloria are an amazing team; very understanding, knowledgeable, sweet-hearted, and intelligent minds who work well together and have created an amazing program for us. The program not only fed our minds but encouraged our hearts to open up and realize our true purpose."

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  • Review by a traveler

    "I would most definitely recommend this program because it is so unique and on point. Well thought out and executed."

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  • Review by a traveler

    "I would absolutely recommend this program. The soul and love that was poured into this training are impossible to not feel. Every moment was infused with love, support, and compassion, as well as a little push to the edge of my comfort zone."

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  • Review by a traveler

    "This program was a life changing experience. I learned so much, laughed, loved, and found my voice. The entire program brought me peace. This has been so much more than a teacher training, it has been soul inspiring."

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Shivakali Yoga is a yoga school, instructing in this ancient science with 200-hour teacher trainings, retreats, workshops, classes, and private instruction.

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18 days / 17 nights


Arrival: Thursday January 4, 2018
Departure: Sunday January 21, 2018

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